Nighttime On The Hill

Update: March 2018

Welcome to “Nighttime On The Hill. A look at our institutional architecture bathed in warm colorful light. It’s a fact, night images say look here, and we always do. Enjoy!

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This image is called Political Glow and it sure gets our attention. You should know that night images get more attention every time. I’ve gathered some after dinner images of the buildings on Parliament Hill.

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The Peace Tower during the Canada Day Fireworks celebrations on July 1st.


The West Block of Canada in front of the Peace Tower, on Wellington Street


The Centre Block and the Library of Parliament, after hours


The Confederation Building towers during magic hour


The Canadian Parliament Centre Block during the festive season


During magic hour, the Justice building, on the corner of Wellintgon and Kent Streets


View of Gatineau from Parliament Hill fence


A silhouette of the Peace Tower, the Library of Parliament and the East Block at sunset


The Parliament Centre and East blocks bathed in warm red sunset and blue Christmas lights


Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial behind Parliament


Overlooking the Centre Block from Major’s Hill park during sunset


The Parliament Centre Block during the Mosaika sound and light show


An Inuksuk overlooks Parliament Hill at sunset

I hope you’ve enjoyed this after-dinner look at our stunning institution that is Parliament.

See the 250 Parliament photo collection for more nighttime images.

Michel Loiselle – loiselle2@bell.net – 819-246-4103

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Political Pictorial

Parliament From All Angles

Update – January 2018

Parliament images by Michel Loiselle.

Lunch at the Canadian Museum of History

Visiting Ottawa soon? I invite you to discover some inspirational photography of the Canadian Parliament.

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Creating and showcasing images of our gothic heritage buildings is what this post is about. Read how shooting the Hill year-round, day or night for 7 years can grow a photo collection. See the different perspectives, angles and compositions this institution is capable of displaying. Read my post 7 Year Parliament Project to find out more.

Michel – Website

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Haunted Castle

Update: March 2018

The Château Laurier Hotel – A Photo Essay

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe Château Laurier is a grand hotel with 429 guest rooms in downtown Ottawa, Canada, located near the intersection of Rideau Street and Sussex Drive and designed in the French Gothic Châteauesque style to complement the adjacent Parliament buildings.

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe Château Laurier Hotel was commissioned by Grand Trunk Railway president Charles Melville Hays, and it opened in 1912. Featuring original Tiffany stained glass windows and hand-moulded plaster decorations, Château Laurier Hotel was named after Sir Wilfrid Laurier, then Prime Minister of Canada.

This historic landmark plays host to royalty, heads of state, political figures, celebrities and members of Canada’s elite. R.B. Bennett lived in a suite during his term as Canadian prime minister, from 1930 to 1935.

Changing Hands

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe hotel was operated by Canadian National Hotels until the chain was purchased by Canadian Pacific Hotels in 1988. In 1999, it was renamed the Fairmont Château Laurier after they bought the Fairmont hotel chain.

In addition to guests, the Château Laurier served as the home of two important Ottawa institutions. From 1924 to 2004, the seventh and eight floors were dedicated to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s local radio stations. Yousuf Karsh, one of the world’s most renowned portrait photographers, maintained his studio and residence at the Château Laurier for many years.

Perfect Location

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe hotel is just metres away from some of the capital’s most important landmarks including Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the National Gallery of Canada, the Byward Market, the National War Memorial, the U.S. Embassy, and the Rideau Centre. Given its proximity to these buildings and the fact that it has served as a home and meeting place for many notable political figures over the years, the hotel has often been referred to as “the third chamber of Parliament”.

Ottawa photos by michel LoiselleIt was the inspiration for the “Hotel du Canada” at the Canada (Epcot) pavilion in Orlando, Florida. In 2000, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada chose the building as one of the top 500 buildings produced in Canada during the last millennium.

Haunted Castle

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe Château Laurier Hotel is said to be haunted, with numerous guests reporting
to have seen the ghost of Charles Melville Hays and experiencing paranormal
activities. Stories of the haunting began when Charles Melville Hays died on his
return voyage on the RMS Titanic from Europe 12 days before the hotel’s opening. Stories suggest that Hays’ ghost rests within the hotel due to its significant importance to his life, and the fact that he never witnessed the grand opening.

Guests have also reported seeing the ghost of a small child, and have experienced the
feeling of “being watched” the moment they enter the hotel. Other guests have reported eerie sounds and unexplained shaking. In 1978, my wife and I stayed in the Château Laurier Hotel on our wedding night and it was incredible. I must admit that we didn’t feel a ghost presence at all; and we’re still together today.

Essay Images

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe visuals in this essay are from my collections represented here by mostphotos.com. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Extended and multi-user licensing are an option. I invite you to see the photo blog and get to know the image styles.

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleI hope you’ve enjoyed visiting the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel. Thank you and have a great day!

Photos: Michel Loiselle
Source: Wikipedia

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Design and Imaging

Stock photos by Michel Loiselle

UPDATE: March 2018

Creatives are searching Stock Photo Agencies for the perfect shot. Making images for the design community is challenging. You must consider copy space, landscape and portrait orientations, rule of thirds, composition, focus, etc. We’re seeing more collaboration between the photo and design communities. Read my blog post “Designers and Photographers – Working Together” to get a feel for how images are created while keeping the designer and reader in mind.

Michel Loiselle – http://loiselleblog.com

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

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Canada Day on Parliament Hill

Ohh What a Feeling — What a Rushh!

Update – March 2018

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Standing on Parliament Hill with 100,000 people and seeing the Canadian Snowbirds fly over the Peace Tower is a special moment in my life. The sound of those jets alone wakes you up!

It was fantastic.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleLater that night, I crossed the Ottawa river to the Canadian Museum of History and witnessed this wonderful sight!

I’m a proud Canadian.

See the Canadian Parliament photo collection. Thank you and have a wonderful evening.

Michel

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Canada In One Photo

Update – March 2018

It’s All About Canadian Pride!

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleWhat if you needed to portray Canada on the cover of an important report with one photo? Well, this may help. Take a look at the Canadian Parliament photo collection and you could find an image that will communicate your message clearly.

This July 1st Canada Day image, Political Spectacle, really puts you inside the action. It can go far in portraying Canada, Excitement, Fun, Night Life or Community. The 200+ Canadian Parliament collection will also be ideal when you need to say Ottawa with one visual.

All you need to know today is that these photos are available. Have a peek at the collection, and when you’re ready with your report, come back for a visit.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Getting the Right Image at the Right Time

Imagine being able to show season-specific images to coincide with your project. This winter image, Behind Parliament could be the one you need. Sometimes, It’s not just about Parliament, but Canada, at the right time of year!

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Simply visit the collection, find the image and download it. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download.

Thanks for visiting and have a look at the complete Portfolio on mostphotos.com.

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Reality is Also Art

Update – March 2017

Imagine my surprise when I saw the scaffolding at the National Gallery of Canada. What is it? An art exhibit? I had to go back and take the shot. Even the renovations are artful. Those workers look like LEGO characters. It’s great!

Ottawa Stock Photos by Michel Loiselle

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Great Hall Windows Replacement

2013 marked the 25th anniversary of the National Gallery of Canada’s building on Sussex Drive, which although still magnificent is now in need of some maintenance.

The building underwent some crucial repairs, including the replacement of all windows enclosing the Great Hall and the  reconstruction of thirteen roof assemblies within the skylight.

Ottawa Stock Photos by Michel Loiselle
The $9-million project was urgently needed maintenance. The 25-year-old building , for years had leaks in the hall’s vast interior. In fact this project has turned into a work of art after all. For now, gallery director Marc Mayer will only say that the blue tarp made to cover the project is a “surprise,” that will somehow be connected to Sakahan, the big summer exhibition of Native art from Canada and around the world.
Ottawa Stock Photos by Michel Loiselle

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Here are some pre-construction images for you to enjoy! The Ottawa photos here are part of a collection starting at $5 and available for immediate download. Have a look at the Portfolio on Mostphotos.com.

Ottawa Stock Photos by Michel Loiselle Here is the National Gallery of Canada in all her glory and the Notre-Dame Cathedral on Sussex Drive. If you visit Ottawa, it’s a must and, free on Thursdays. Now that’s a great deal! Source — The National Gallery of Canada Web site, The Ottawa Citizen. Thank you for reading and have a great evening.

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Parlez-Vous Parliament?

Update – February 2017

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Parliament Stock Photos For Documents

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleIf you’re a parliamentarian, you speak Parliament everyday. You may work for a Member of Parliament or with a government agency in some way or another, you probably speak Parliament more than you think.

I’ve been parlez-vous Parliament since 1984 when I started working as a Graphic Designer on Parliament Hill. Also, I’ve photographed these incredible architectural treasures since 2006 and now have an extensive collection of images to share with all who wish to enhance documents or reports with Canadian photos.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleIt’s all about Canadian pride. Why use Parliament photos? Well it’s not what people expect to see in a document or PowerPoint presentation and is always a pleasant surprise for the reader to see the beauty that is our Canadian Parliament Heritage architecture. What I’ve done is phototographed the buildings of the Parliamentary Precint including the West, Centre, East and Langevin blocks, along with the Justice and Confederation buildings. These structures can be seen in all kinds of settings such as Seasons, Day, Night, Inside, Canada Day, Christmas and more!

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleIf you’re from Canada or Ottawa, these photos will go a long way to bring professionalism to your communications whether in print or online. Photos add a certain importance to your articles or blogs. See the 200+ collection of Canadian Parliament photos starting at $12 and available for immediate download.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleHave a look at the collection, and, you too will answer yes if asked “Parlez-Vous Parliament”?

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Have a great evening!

Michel

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

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Exploring Langevin Block

The Langevin Block

Update – March 2017

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleAnother visit to Ottawa, and this time, the Langevin Block in front of Parliament Hill on Wellington Street.

ent photos by Michel LoiselleWhat many people don’t know is that it is mainly used for the Prime Minister’s office (PMO). Built between 1884 – 1889, it was the first federal government office building constructed outside the Parliamentary Precinct. It is made of sandstone obtained from a New Brunswick quarry.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

As you can see in the aerial view below, It occupies a prominent place between Metcalfe and Elgin streets, adjacent to the National War Memorial, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Government Conference CentreRideau Canal and the National Arts Centre. The Langevin Block is distinctive in Ottawa for its Second Empire style (or Napoleon III style, for the French elements in vogue during the era of the Second French Empire).

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThese images are part of the 250+ Canadian Parliament collection of photos now available on mostphotos.com. They are ideal for documents, reports, computer Wallpaper and PowerPoint presentations. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download.

Mike Loielle - Novice - Looking Through - Parliament Arch

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleSee the complete Michel Loiselle Portfolio of images featuring People, Mammals, Christmas, Parliament, Seasons and more.

Thank you for dropping by and have an excellent evening!

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Fortress You Say?

A Castle in Ottawa!

Stock Photography by Michel Loiselle

A few minutes from the Canadian Parliamentary Precinct, facing Major’s Hill park and neighbour to the American Embassy, you’ll encounter a beautiful castle. Complete with turrets and stone walls, the Connaught Building is a solid and impressive Gothic Tudor style structure. What could this building be? I thought. Then I saw the sign:

CANADA REVENUE AGENCY HEADQUARTERS

So, next time you wonder if our tax dollar is safe, remember the CRA castle Headquarters and you’ll be just fine. Only in Ottawa!

History

Built in the style of Modified Norman and designed by David Ewart, Connaught was opened in 1915 and named after the Duke of Connaught, third son of Queen Victoria and Governor General of Canada 1911-16. Designated as a “Classified” federal heritage building, primarily for its architectural significance, the structure is considered to be the “Crown Jewel” of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) the occupant of the building. The Minister and Commissioner of the CRA have offices in the building. Due to security and operational considerations, access is limited to the MacKenzie Street lobby area.

Stock Photography by Michel Loiselle These photos are available from the Michel Loiselle stock photography Portfolio. Also, a 200+ collection of Canadian Parliament images starting at $5 and available for immediate download. Have a great day and enjoy your refund!

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